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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northumberland PA USA
Re: No choke for birds?
Back when we had relatively poor shotshells some choke was probably necessary but with modern ammo it's probably outlived it's usefulness. I have cylinder and skeet 1 in all my guns and use them for everything from woodcock to wild pheasants on the prairies. You'd be surprised at how far out a cylinder bore gun will give adequate patterns. I tend to agree with shotgun guru Michael McIntosh in that you don't need any choke at all for 99% of the upland hunting you do. Most of our shots are within 25 to 30 yards anyhow, most much closer. Pace it off one time.
"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" Paul Simon.